Lost and Wanted -- Nell Freudenberger

Staff Pick

Helen is a physics professor mourning the death of her Harvard roommate Charlie. In many ways it’s a story of Charlie herself, seen through the eyes of grieving parents, husband and daughter. But it’s also a story about five dimensional spacetime, about parenting, surrogacy, career choices and what it means to grieve. One might be tempted to think that the whole of this book is not quite equal to the sum of its parts.  But that’s because it opens more questions than it answers, and to contemplate such questions through Freudenberger’s eyes is a challenge and a privilege.

Lost and Wanted: A novel By Nell Freudenberger Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385352680
Availability: Backordered
Published: Knopf - April 2nd, 2019

Women Rowing North -- Mary Pipher

Staff Pick

At various turning points in life, and as our bodies change, we women are called upon to expand our sense of identity and alter the ways we think and behave.  In her 1994 book Reviving Ophelia, cultural anthropologist and psychologist Mary Pipher challenged traditional narratives and assumptions about teenage girls.  Women Rowing North is a kind of bookend to that earlier work, and challenges assumptions about older women.  Drawing on interviews with women from many different backgrounds, Pipher demonstrates how  aging does not mean we must become diminished versions of ourselves.  Instead, we can cultivate emotional resilience, wisdom and authenticity even in the face of illness, loss and grief.  

Women Rowing North: Navigating Life’s Currents and Flourishing As We Age By Mary Pipher Cover Image
ISBN: 9781632869609
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - January 15th, 2019

What You Have Heard Is True -- Carolyn Forche

Staff Pick

As a young poet translating work into Spanish, Carolyn Forché couldn’t always understand the conditions from which the Salvadoran poems she translated arose. That changed when human rights activist Leonel Gomez Vides “removed the blindfold, and ordered me to open my eyes.” This searing and unforgettable memoir, whose title comes from Forché’s frequently anthologized poem “The Colonel”, traces her experiences in El Salvador as a poet and human rights activist, through the publication of her collection The Country Between Us and the assassination of Archbishop Monsenor Oscar Romero.

What You Have Heard Is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance By Carolyn Forché Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525560371
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Published: Penguin Press - March 19th, 2019